Boomer is back, at alt.games.wing-commander! He posted some very encouraging stuff about the new Maverick team executive producer Andy Hollis... it's in response to Derek Smart, whom we firmly believe should have been beaten by the Coke machine. Anyway, Boomer's comments seem to echo what we've been hearing everywhere -- a little Hollis is a very good thing.
Just because Andy is known for producing high fidelity flight sims for Janes doesn't mean that equates to WC suddenly turning into a high fidelity space sim.
This isn't to say future titles from the Maverick team won't have his 'mark' on them (superb quality, well designed, etc.). Just that WC will have certain (positive) attributes resulting from Andy's influence just as Janes does. Said another way, WC won't (necessarily) possess the same hallmarks of what makes a 'Janes flight simulation' what it is.
That said, given his track record & accomplishments wrt Janes, I'm 110% confident Andy's influence means only great things for the future of the WC universe ;)